Gorgeous Grandma DayGorgeous Grandma Day

Pretty is as pretty does, my parents used to tell me. They usually were trying to draw my attention to my unbecoming behavior. As we grow older, isn’t it good to know that beauty isn’t just skin-deep? Real beauty comes from deep inside of every woman who loves life, no matter her age. Alice Solomon, radio host and author, created Gorgeous Grandma Day to celebrate women who are aging gracefully. There are so many great examples all around us, yet we haven’t taken the time to appreciate them and let them know what a wonderful impact they have made in our lives. That’s what Gorgeous Grandma Day is all about, celebrated every July 23rd.

Qualifications

Who qualifies as a gorgeous grandma? First, having at least one grandchild is a must, obviously. Then any woman over fifty who believes she has her whole life ahead of her and not behind her. She is willing to try new things, learn new things and experience whatever comes her way. She is not stagnating, but still growing mentally. She’s taking care of herself physically, too.

Recognizing Gorgeous Grandmas

Are you a gorgeous grandma? Do you know one? There are probably dozens of gorgeous grandmas in your community. Just think about the people around you. She doesn’t have to be your own grandmother, although you should not forget her. You can identify several gorgeous grandmas who may not even know that July 23 is their day. Surprise them with a card and a small gift. The card can be homemade letting them know that you appreciate their fine example. I don’t think Hallmark has caught up with this one yet (but I could be wrong). And the gift can be as simple as flowers from your yard or a plate of cookies.

Celebrate

For your own gorgeous grandma, you’ll want to do a bit more. Perhaps surprise her with dinner out at her favorite restaurant. Or maybe a gift certificate to her favorite salon. Flowers are always welcome. Ask her if you can keep her company for a day, help her with her chores and listen to her stories. You might be amazed by her wisdom.

Plan Ahead

Now that you know about this holiday, you can get ready for it. Even better, start getting ready for when you can qualify as a gorgeous grandma. If you already are a gorgeous grandma, help those around you to age as gracefully and dynamically as you have. Share your secrets and your wisdom with those around you. Most of all, continue to be the wonderful example you already are.

Growing old gracefully is an art. Let’s celebrate these women who contribute so much to our lives and often go unnoticed. Let them know that you appreciate all they do and who they are. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. These women may be wrinkled and gray-haired, but their inner beauty shines through.

Who do you know is a gorgeous grandma? What are some traits that you admire about the gorgeous grandma in your life? Do you feel you replicate these values and help those around you shine with their inner beauty? Let us know in the comments below who inspires you most of all!

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